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Published: Saturday, 4/19/2003

3 churches to hold 1st services on Easter

BY DAVID YONKE
BLADE RELIGION EDITOR

Easter, the season when Christians celebrate new life, will mark the opening of three area churches.

Fremont Christian Life Center, opening under the aegis of Toledo's Cathedral of Praise, will hold its first Sunday-morning service at 10 tomorrow in the former Fremont Christian Center Church, 1104 County Road 41.

New Harvest Church in Oregon will be reopening with a new name - nh on the bay - and a revamped look. The independent Christian church, located at 2540 Seaman Rd., underwent a $500,000 renovation in which pews were replaced with padded chairs and coffee tables, creating a living-room atmosphere. Instead of ushers, the church will have “hosts and hostesses” who will not only collect the offerings, but serve cappuccino while the Rev. Jeff Zakzrewski preaches from a couch.

Northgate Community Church, 1501 North Ontario St., will hold its first service at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow. The church, started as an inner-city mission project by the district office of the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination, seeks to attract people with no church affiliation or background, said the Rev. James Mann.

“We are going for the unchurched people in the neighborhood,” Mr. Mann said. “People who have hardly a memory of being in a church. We're holding the services later for people who normally sleep in on a Sunday.”

Northgate will hold an Easter egg hunt after tomorrow's service, Mr. Mann said, and on the second and fourth Sunday of every month the church will serve meals to those who attend services. Information is available at 419-266-7777.

Fremont CLC is part of Cathedral of Praise's plan to open five churches, said Shirley Scott, who with her husband the Rev. Tony Scott leads the Toledo congregation.

“The Lord gave us a prophetic word years ago that said, `Out of this house, five others will be established,'” Mrs. Scott said. “This is the third.”

Cathedral of Praise established its second church, Central City - Toledo, in 2000, Mrs. Scott said.



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